As much as we might like to deny it’s happening, our kids grow up fast. Before you know it they’ve gone from crawling around in a nappy to driving a car. It’s a proud moment for your child as everyone wants to learn how to drive. It’s probably the first time they really feel grown up and independent. While you’re not obliged to buy a car for your child, a lot of parents do consider it. There are some pros and cons to doing this, the obvious con being that it costs money for you! But, it’s a gift to say well done for passing their test and it can also be part of a birthday/Christmas present too. Plus, it stops them from asking for lifts or begging to use your car when you need it. So, it does work out well in the end.
The main thing to think about is what car you should get your child. Now, I could list a bunch of cars that I think are good for young drivers. However, I think it’s better to look at what factors you should consider when choosing a first car for your child. In doing so, you’ll know what to look out for and can find a car that suits your budget.
Engine Size & Speed
One of the first things you should look at is the size of the car engine and how fast it can go. Ideally, you don’t really want to give your child a car that’s capable of ridiculous speeds and has a huge engine. While they may love this idea, it’s bad for many reasons. Mainly, it’s dangerous, and they have a lot of power in their hands. But, it can also affect their insurance rate as well. If you ever get a car insurance quote online, it tends to ask for the vehicle make and model. It does this because it’s trying to see how large the engine is. Cars with bigger engines that can drive really fast will cost a lot more to insure than ones with smaller engines.
Of course, you don’t want to lump them with some slow car that trails along at a snail’s pace. So, you have to find the happy middle ground. You want a car that’s got a regular engine size and can hold its own on a highway. This will mean your child has a car that’s as quick as they need it to be, without having a huge engine that drives up their insurance premium.
Age & Miles Driven
Another key thing to look at is the age of the car. The older a car is, the cheaper it will be. You could have a Volkswagen Golf from 2017 and one from 2015, and the older one will be a lot cheaper on the used car market. This is just because a car’s value depreciates over time. Therefore, you could get a bargain if you buy them a slightly older car.
However, that’s not the focus here. The main focus is how old the car is in relation to its condition. If a car has driven hundreds of thousands of miles, then it’s taken a bit of a beating. This may mean the engine is in bad condition and the car is very near its final days. As a result, you don’t want to buy your child a car that’s nearly broken already. It’s unsafe, and they’ll probably have to pay for massive repairs in a few months or a year. What you’re looking for is a car that’s slightly old and used – to get a good deal – but doesn’t have too many miles on the clock and is in great working condition.
Finally, it’s worth looking at the safety features of a car you’re interested in. After all, you want to make your child as safe as possible when they’re driving alone. If a car has a lot of good safety features, such as auto-brake assist and parking sensors, then it’s worth paying a little extra for the vehicle. For me, safety is a top priority. I advise you to do a Google search for any potential cars and find out what their safety ratings are as well. This will help you see if you’re buying a safe car for your child. Consider these three factors when you’re buying your child their first car. It will ensure you get them something that’s suitable, easy to insure, and very safe. Of course, set yourself a budget beforehand, and it will help you narrow down your search even more.